« Back to Articles for Therapists 8 Health And Happiness Tips Easy Health & Happiness Tips By Jane Thurnell-Read Add value to your work as a therapist by passing on useful tips to your clients. You might even find some you can use yourself! 1. Don’t Reuse Plastic BottlesPhthalates from plastic bottles and containers can migrate into food and drink so you end up consuming them. Phthalates have been linked to falling sperm counts and breast cancer. Choose glass containers wherever possible, and don’t keep using old water bottles. 2. Sports Cars And HearingDriving convertible cars with the top open at speeds exceeding 88.5 kilometres per hour (55 miles per hour) may put drivers at increased risk of noise-induced hearing loss, according to research published in The Journal of Laryngology and Otology (January 2011). 3. Touch Your Toes To Check Your Arteries A less flexible body indicates arterial stiffening, especially in middle-aged and older adults. Arteries stiffen as a consequence of age and arteriosclerosis. Age related stiffness occurs when the elastic fibres within the arterial wall (elastin) begin to fray due to mechanical stress. The two leading causes of death in the developed world, myocardial infarction and stroke, are both a direct consequence of atherosclerosis. Increased arterial stiffness is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. If you’re in this age group and have difficulty touching your toes, you need to take remedial action – diet, exercise and other health changes. 4. Drink Alcohol Sitting Down!Alcohol Concern says that most people feel less relaxed standing up, so drink more alcohol at parties and bars when they are standing up. If you are trying to reduce your alcohol intake, sit down whenever you can. 5. Gum Health Don’t ignore your gums. Bleeding gums can be sore and painful, and can damage your long term health. Bad gum health has been linked to heart disease. Bizarre as it may seem, flossing your teeth and seeing a dental hygienist regularly may help prevent heart disease.Diabetics who are insulin dependent often see improvements if they get their gingivitis under control. Eating grapefruit can help fight gum disease. In a study 58 people with gum disease ate 2 grapefruit a day for a fortnight and showed significantly less bleeding. Coenzyme Q10 supplements have also been shown to help some people. 6. Don’t Thin Your SkinSome research from Bath University brings into question the use of products containing sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). This detergent is used in a range of personal care products (face creams, toothpaste, bodywash, hair conditioner, shampoos, shaving cream, etc.) and also medicinal cream such as Aqueous Cream BP (commonly used to treat eczema). The research using aqueous cream BP showed that the thickness of healthy skin is reduced within 4 weeks. There are now lots of personal care products that don’t contain SLS, so choose products that are SLS-free. 7. Back Pain And SmokingFor years, research has shown a link between smoking and an increased risk for low back pain, intervertebral (spine) disc disease, and inferior patient outcomes following surgery. A study, published in the December 2012 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery(JBJS), also found that smokers suffering from spinal disorders and related back pain, reported greater discomfort than spinal disorder patients who stopped smoking during an eight-month treatment period.“We know that nicotine increases pain,” said study author Glenn R. Rechtine, MD, University of Rochester Department of Orthopaedics. “In this study, if you quit smoking during treatment, you got better. If you continued to smoke, there was statistically no improvement, regardless of the treatment you had. Smoking is bad for you... This study supports the need for smoking cessation programs for patients with a painful spinal disorder given a strong association between improved patient reported pain and smoking cessation.” 8. Cardiac Coherence “Research supports the notion that rediscovering a sense of abundance by thinking about those people and things we love lowers the risks of coronary events,” says Blair Justice, professor-emeritus of psychology in Houston. He’s also said: "Think about someone, something in your life you loved and freeze-frame the picture. The physical effect on the heart is what's called cardiac-coherence."Get more tips by buying Jane’s eBooks from the Amazon Kindle store: 500 Plus Health And Happiness Tips and also 200 Plus Weight Loss Tips.